Nature Therapy

Nature Therapy 2017-05-31T15:07:20+00:00

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About Nature Therapy

As its name implies, nature-based therapy assists in personal development and increases personal health and wellbeing benefits.

Sometimes it is referred to as green therapy, bush therapy, adventure therapy and ecopsychology. It is not just about encouraging people to get outdoors for their physical health but also for mental health and societal health.

It’s a growing market with numerous providers that offer services in nature and the bush around:

  • Horticulture therapy
  • Animal-assisted therapy
  • Bird watching
  • Nature meditation, yoga
  • Physical exercise in a natural environment
  • Conservation activities

Research proves that getting outdoors makes us healthier and has many benefits with the colour green, so prominent in nature, making exercise easier. See here for a list of our Nature Therapy members.

Why Nature Therapy

Nature Therapy has evolved through greater recognition of the therapeutic benefits of being in nature and contributing to nature.

Many of the stresses of 21st century living in large metropolises have highlighted the need for more nature-based relaxation and nature therapy in people’s lives.

  • Australians are getting older, less active and more overweight
  • We have higher ADHD and suicide rates per head of population than ever before
  • Smaller families, smaller yards. Bigger homes and bigger screens
  • We are semi addicted to technology spending up to 3 hours a day on social media and watching videos
  • Ironically people are more isolated and disconnected than ever before when it comes to physical interaction
  • We have more stress and lifestyle related health issues than ever before

Benefits of Nature Therapy

  • The colour green makes exercise easier
  • Improves concentration, focus and creativity
  • Stimulates the senses – is good for the brain
  • Improves vitamin D intake and good for guarding off myopia.
  • Reduces symptoms of anger, depression and anxiety, creating calming, positive emotions – nature makes people happy!
  • Reduces stress
  • Prevents eye-related Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS)
  • Improves sleep
  • Provides you with clean air
  • Strengthens your immunity and can help prevent cancer through being more conducive to exercise than indoors
  • Slows downs the body’s aging process

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I find myself being mentored by the land once again. I too can bring my breath down to dwell in a deeper place where my blood soul restores to my body what society has drained and dredged away.

Terry Tempest-Williams

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